Skip to main content

ABC Sept. 11, 2001 8:31 am - 9:12 am

Movies Preview

ABC Sept. 11, 2001 8:31 am - 9:12 am

Publication date 2001-09-11 12:31:17
Publisher ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
Contributor Television Archive
Language English
News from ABC 7, Washington, D.C. was recorded by the Television Archive, a non-profit archive. Video available as a loan (stream) only.

Click for next video, or program guide.

Date: 2001-09-11 12:31:17 UTC
Air Time: 2001-09-11 08:31:17 EDT
Length: 0:41:41


Reviewer: Laughterror - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2015
Subject: expanded mind
read the review written by Dan L. to find out whats up with whats going down.
Reviewer: NeverForgetUK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2014
Subject: Human coverage
Completely agree with Robeeb's comments about the human element of the coverage.

Under ordinary circumstances one would argue that Sawyer choked after that second plane, and that while in general the American networks are as guilty as the British press in speculating too early, Gibson was slow to draw reasonable conclusions from what he was seeing.

But the truth is that their behavior reflected what everyone right-minded person in the world would have been thinking and feeling in those early moments. All anyone would have been doing at that stage would be to hope for the best, and attempting to rationalise what they had seen (something that most of us still struggle to do today). Both of them did that job extremely well. And the late great Peter Jennings was outstanding throughout the day.

Other networks' presenters got their fair share of early scoops compared to ABC as the day progressed, but what I think ABC did better over everyone else was that (with the exception of the fake car bombing which I believe caught everyone out), what they reported turned out to be correct - when they were speculating they went out of their way to make this clear.

Don Dahler easily the best New York based witness from any coverage I've seen. In fairness it was a quirk of fate that he happened to be outside and in the vicinity for the first plane, and that his counterparts at NBC or CBS weren't, but due to it being New York I'm sure most networks had someone on the ground by 09:00 (certainly by 10:00) and he continued to be the best.
Reviewer: MrKoenig - favoritefavorite - July 14, 2013
Subject: Quality
Why such a low VHS resolution? 320x240 pixels? Please!
Reviewer: srwhite613 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2011
Subject: Still gives me the chills...
I was living in Reno, NV at the time, on the bus on the way to work when the attack happened. New York was the last thing on my mind until I walked in the front door and saw everyone either in front of the radio or on the internet. It's hard to watch even ten years later. The way they keep showing the second plane hitting is sickening in a way. If I could go back to one moment in my life knowing what I know now it would be to September 10, 2001 so I could tell everyone what was about to happen. Days away from the tenth anniversary, I am saddened by what has happened since that day. We have squandered most of the unity felt after the horrific events of that day. I only pray history doesn't repeat itself.
Reviewer: Dan L. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2011
Subject: Important Historical Video with One More Sad Irony
There is a huge irony I never picked up on before in this video. I always just found it interesting how banal all the stuff pre-announcement was - the anti-oxidants, 'Mind of the Married Man' stuff etc.. but I never really noticed the commercial for the Nightline special JUST BEFORE GMA came on with first news of the attack. Ted Koppel goes on about how much coverage the OJ Simpson trial got and how much silly news stories like that get all the attention while 2.5 million dead in the Congo was totally ignored by the media. Well, it was about to happen to Africa again about 10 seconds later when 9/11 went down. Not to say the 3000+ dead was not a tragedy by any means, but sadly another holocaust got no attention because we moved on to other things.
Reviewer: derkman96 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2011
Subject: Download Links
The only one I am able to download is the 512kbps MP4:

If anyone can figure out how to download these:

Please let me know. Email me at derkman96 [at] gmail [dot] com with a subject of 9/11 archive videos

Reviewer: morganjones65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2011
Subject: No missing clips
The Dahler clip that someone said is "missing" is the 9:54 a.m. clip, showing the initial tower collapse. I can only plead with people like him to stop dishonoring the dead with their silly accusations.
Reviewer: AJRowe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2010
Subject: Flashback to college (September 11, 2001)
I think every generation has their moment when they remember where they were when the moment happened and it goes with them their entire lives. I was a senior in college, newly engaged (I married in August of the next year). I have to admit to being one of the ones who didn't absorb the importance of this event until some time later. I was actually asleep for several hours into it happening. My first reastion was like many of my collegemates. We were sad for the losses and also scared. We also fell victim to people hiking gas prices up about that time. When it happened, my mom mentioned my then 10 year old nephew and how if the draft came back he would have to go if the war lasted a long time. I don't think any of us really thought this would be going on long enough for it to affect him even if the draft came back. He's about 6 months away from twenty years old now. This country hasn't been the same since and apparently never will. ABC did have the best coverage but it was due to Jennings. Any of the other networks could have had as wonderful coverage if they had Jennings. Amazing we are approching the ten year mark since this horrible day. I'm now married with a son in 1st grade and a daughter in Kindergarten and I worry I'll have to wonder about the draft when my 6 year old grows up. It's a whole different world but this event is not one I believe was planned by our government. Did they take advantage of it for the Iraq War? Definately but causing the event? I just can't buy that.

Sometime around 2003 our church lost a man whose moment he would always remember was Pearl Harbor. He spoke at our church of what he expereienced that day (he was there) many decades later and the full psychological trauma was evident even upon his then late 80's mind. He remembered hearing people die that day as clearly as if it had been the day before. He cried when speaking of the men who lost their lives. It makes me wonder how many cases like that came out of 9/11/01 and how many people will remember it all right to the end of their lives as this man had done.
Reviewer: ryans92 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2010
Subject: Best broadcast of worst news day.
ABC without a doubt had the best coverage of the event. I don't think it really needs explanation. Everything was reported professionally, on-time, and was very thorough.

R.I.P. Peter Jennings.
Reviewer: djlhdjfh - favoritefavorite - June 12, 2010
Subject: How to download these videos, in either OGG or MPEG-4 formats.
You will need:

- A version of Firefox that supports the tag.

- The Web Developer extension for Firefox.

- (optional) The GNU "wget" program.

1. Navigate to the streaming-only video you want to download.

2. Below the image of the video, there should be a message saying something to the effect of "Your browser supports the tag. Click here to use it." Click there.

3. Click the image of the video to start playing it, and to have their JavaScript add the tag to the page.

4. Right-click on the video, and choose the menu option "Inspect this element". The DOM Inspector will appear in the bottom of your Firefox window.

5. Click the "+" sign next to the tag in DOM inspector. You should actually be able to see TWO video tags-- one whose source is an .mp4, and the other whose source is an .ogv. Choose the format of your choice, and copy the source to the Clipboard.

6. Use the program of your choice (wget is best) to downlaod the URL.
Reviewer: scottm13 - favorite - September 22, 2009
Subject: Download
Can we please download these videos!!!
Reviewer: Justin Yo - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2009
Subject: Conspiracy Crackpots
They seem to be capable of believing anything but facts.
Reviewer: glenn - - September 12, 2009
Subject: SHAME on you
This was, at one point, virtually the only place this footage was available in an untainted unprocessed state.

For anyone wishing to do a forensic analysis on this material, this would be a valuable resource except it can't be analyzed in streaming format.

This was painstakingly uploaded by people who recorded it from the broadcast, intending it to stand as a historical record and to serve the needs of the vidoe analysts.

As streaming files, it's useless. Utterly useless.

This archive should be restored in its entirety.

Shame on you,, for no longer allowing downloads of this material, now the record is basically lost. Shame, shame shame.
Reviewer: katran miller - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2009
Subject: There are MANY clips of the Planes and plane debris on first day
All you conspiracy theorists -- I notice your comments stop within a couple hours, as if none of you bothered to look farther. Even in the first hour of footage, there are PHOTOS OF PIECES OF THE PLANES ON THE GROUND. You have to look closely, but one of the burned-up engines with the outer sheath is lying amidst the fleeing bystanders. There are several shots of it. Later on, there are MULTIPLE films of the plane coming in from somebody on the street RIGHT UNDER IT. Nobody's commenting on that. It took a couple hours to get back to ABC studios because the camera guys were using old-style video tape-- remember that? and then had to WALK it to the studio, after they had decided there was nothing else worth filming. (And I was in computer graphics in 2001 ... no WAY could you have done what that footage showed with CGI of that time period... there was camera movement, there were pedestrians moving, and the actual visual from underneath with the camera rising up awkwardly to catch it as it went over the photographer's head into the building -- it would take MONTHS to do it with modern CGI; it couldn't have been done back then). You also have passengers on a TWA flight that was taking off just as the second plane came in-- the TWA flight had to alter course to avoid a collision and the passengers report SEEING THE SECOND PLANE. Furthermore, there are a few films by international tourists of both planes hitting the building -- yes, there are 3 different films of the first plane that took a little longer to get out, but again, one of them is shot by a tourist from inside a moving vehicle, and there are things in that home movie that would be very, very hard to simulate precisely because the quality is NOT great. But the plane is easy to see in that too.
All told there are probably about 60 different videos of the second plane and 3 of the first, MILLIONS of eyewitnesses (including some who ran out of the building saying where exactly they'd seen the front landing gear in the street outside the towers, photos of which are easy to find), and the live news coverage shows parts of the charred plane on the ground seen within the first hour, although the news commentators didn't seem to realize that's what it was because you have to know what a burned-up engine missing its sheath looks like. But it was right there. And if they were involved in some kind of cover-up, surely they would've been sure to mention that's what we were looking at! Plus, of course, you have the wife of the solicitor general on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. You think she volunteered to die to help lend credence to this?! And if this were a conspiracy by Bush's war nuts to give them an excuse for war, they wouldn't have hit their precious Pentagon.
There are too many examples of gross incompetence and cluelessness on the part of Bush and his inner circle from this first day. Clearly, they had NO CLUE what was going on. They knew they needed to make some kind of "gesture" to "prove" they were in control. So they used flimsy evidence for the WMDs to attack Iraq, because they wanted to do that anyway. But I don't see evidence of 9/11 as a set-up to start the war in Iraq. They just used 9/11 as an excuse AFTER IT FELL IN THEIR LAPS, because they knew how (and wanted) to fight a ground war with Hussein. Whereas they had no CLUE how to fight Osama bin Ladin and Al Quaeda with conventional old-fashioned strategies -- same problem as in Vietnam -- so they blinked, they dropped the ball, they used the Iraq war as a cover-up to distract us from the fact that they didn't actually know how to respond to the real perpetrators of 9/11.
Reviewer: - - August 31, 2009
Subject: downloading
can you download this?
Reviewer: halkienhead - favorite - July 8, 2009
Subject: dissapointing
Put back up the complete 9-11 news-archive.
Don't pretend there are legal issues, there ain't.
It has all been aired, it's news, old news.
It is in the public domain. is very dissapointing in more then one way. Get your act together or close up shop!
Streaming only? Huh, try streaming something here on, it sucks big time, way to slooooow!
Btw: is no better, all streaming, no downloads or they are well hidden.
It seems they don't want us to have these images, what are they afraid of, I wonder. The truth?
Reviewer: markymark222 - - April 29, 2009
Not only did they have the early morning coverage at one point in time. but aslo covergae from the networks from the night before.
but for some reason the folks here at the archive will NOT post the clips back up due to the fact they are to lazy.
dont care about the true meaning of 9/11. some I bet would kill to see those pre 9/11 coverage clips.
so if any one in the archive reads this they have some homework to do.
Reviewer: sdemetri - - April 8, 2009
Subject: Where did the early morning segments go?
The early morning segments were up some months ago. They are no longer available, or if they are not here. The mirror site mentioned does not start at the 8:31 clip. It starts later in the morning.

I transcribed some of these early clips several months ago. For instance, at 9:15 in the morning in this first archive Lindsay Grimm says, "Just as I was coming out of the building, I heard somebody sort of ushering people away, and they were saying, You guys got to get out of here, it's a bomb."

This conversation took place in another missing clip:

Dan Daylor: "I’m four blocks north of the World Trade Center, the second building that was hit by the plane has just completely collapsed, the entire building has just collapsed, as if a demolition team set off… when you see the old demolition of these old buildings, it folded down on itself and it is not there anymore. It has completely collapsed."
Jennings: "The whole side has collapsed?"
Daylor: "The whole building has collapsed."

"The top half of it, started with a gigantic rumble, folded in on itself and collapsed in a huge plume of smoke and dust."

Jennings: "We have no idea what caused this. If you wish to bring anybody who’s ever watched a building being demolished on purpose knows, if you want to do this you’re gonna have to get at the under-infrastructure of a building and bring it down."

The giant rumble is consistent with NYC firefighters who said they heard three massive explosions and then the building started coming down. It is also consistent with someone Jennings interviewed in a missing clip:

Dennis Krauss, insurance industry worker in the World Trade Center: “As I was working at my desk, essentially I was sort of at my desk working, general office activity, and I felt an enormous, ahh, it almost felt like an earthquake, like I could literally feel and see things in the office moving and the floor moving, um, immediately after what, it was some sort of explosion or something..."

So my question is, where did these early morning clips go?

These references to demolition are significant, especially in light of the peer-reviewed paper just published showing highly explosive nano-composite compounds found in four separate dust samples taken from around GZ.
Reviewer: Matt Nelson - - March 24, 2009
Subject: Mirror Fixed
The 9/11 TV Archive
... was down for a couple days. I fixed the issue.
Reviewer: gregburns1 - - March 13, 2009
Subject: 9-11 archive mirror
Matt Nelson's 9-11 archive mirror also now seems to be silenced. Is anybody else mirroring the 9-11 videos?
Reviewer: Abraxis0 - favorite - December 6, 2008
Subject: Wow, incredibly disapointing.
So much for an archive of THIS event. bummer.
Reviewer: Daladim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2008
Subject: What happened here?
I have been watching these videos for some time now, starting at the beginning, up until just around a week ago. Now none of the videos are available?

This doesn't make any sense. Why remove these videos? I want to finish watching what I haven't seen yet. This is the ONLY available information we have today that may have ANY possibility of containing truth. ALL else is just speculation. Don't let this wonderfully archived collection of information disappear from public access.
Reviewer: asfdsfd2342355555 - favorite - December 2, 2008
Subject: It's too bad we cannot view this video clip
I mean it looks like they bothered to set it up and everything. So it's sad that we can no longer view it.
Reviewer: prefershl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2008
Subject: sorry
i feel so sorry for the passed thing
Reviewer: firecoins - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2008
Subject: What crap are you people spewing!
Holy Bat Cave!

There were no explosives inside the WTC. It is not a possibility. I was in that building in the days prior. Anyone claiming explosives were hidden in the building are either mentally insane or have a blantant disreguard for reality.
Reviewer: sega78 - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2008
Subject: Mossad and CIA co-false flag op
Israel and criminal elements within the American government helped carried out the 9/11 terrorist attack.

5 Dancing Israelis dressed as Arabs were caught on that day, two of those Israelis were later found out to be Mossad agents.

Odigo, an Israeli owned Instant messenger program was used to send out warnings to Israelis of a terrorist attack in NYC, 2 hours before the attack happened.

ICTS an Israeli company, handled security at the airports where all the planes were hijacked on 9/11. This same company has links to the Israeli secret service.

More info on these websites.
Reviewer: Natureboy82 - favorite - July 14, 2008
Subject: Absolutely unbelievable!
I will admit that I am now, and was in 2001 very critical of the Bush Administration. In fact, something deep inside told me that there was going to be a terrorist attack somewhere in the United States before the end of the summer. I guess I'm an intuitive person, I don't know how to explain it.

At any rate, even though I could feel this coming, I honestly don't think our own government would purposely sabotage the World Trade Center by placing explosives inside the buildings. How could you even doubt an eyewitness that stood in shock when they saw the second plane hit? That was not fake!

Obviously, with the exception of maybe Bush, no-one in the country saw footage of the first plane hitting until six months later when CBS aired the Naudet bros. documentary. You can't tell me that was fake either! That was actual documented footage. The rating I gave is not for the tv coverage, but rather for the two comments claiming that the planes were fake.
Reviewer: Ray Bottorff Jr - - July 10, 2008
Subject: To izzysykopth
Bwhahaha! You so crazy!
Reviewer: izzysykopth - favorite - July 8, 2008
Subject: Neo-cons
Ive debated hundreds on 911 and have not lost yet. I urge all who still advocate the official chain of events to review ALL the news archives, reunite with your common sense, and polorize yourself with the facts. Thes clips are not even good fakes,(and Im no video expert) yet some will claim with their multi thousand dollar degrees that gives them the authority to tell you what is real and what is not when its playing out right before your eyes. Only the weak minded will be affected by this type of propaganda. The ONLY possible conclusions are these: a)the media broadcasted altered/faked videos. b)the media could not dream of pulling off such a hoax without the knowledge and even assistance of the intelligence apparatus c)this implicates the highest echelons of the "w" administration as the most prolific killers since Hitler, TRAITORS, and the ENEMY.
Reviewer: safetyhappy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2008
Subject: .
I was watching ABC that morning, I had just turned the TV on at about 20 minutes into this broadcast.
Reviewer: robeeb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2007
Subject: 9/11 Mystery
ABC has the most "Human" coverage I think. The
raw emotions of the commentators overcoming
their trained on-air composure. Not a bad thing
in my opinion.
There is one nagging mystery about 9/11 though.
I don't understand how thousands of people with
no formal training or education suddenly woke
up on 9/11 and became structural engineers,
experts in metallurgy, experts in explosive
ordinance, and forensic crash investigators. I am
a pilot, and I am also an engineer, I spent a
substantial portion of my adult life earning my
credentials, not to mention a large sum of money
in the form of tuition. I would much rather have
woken up one morning with my experience and
education suddenly bestowed upon me rather than
spending all that time and money. Alas, thats the
price those of us who live in the real world have
to pay I suppose.
Reviewer: trutherslikepoop - - October 28, 2007
Subject: V4Vendetta
Are you retarded? Oh, was that not PC? V4 are you a blind lickspittle with nothing better to do. So you now deny planes that everybody saw? You have to be kidding.
Reviewer: v4vendetta7 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2007
Subject: Incredible tv fakery!
Notice how the Arraki witness said that he never seen a plane like that that hit the 1st tower and that it was small. And he saw a plane hit the 2nd tower and it was also small yet THE WHOLE WORLD saw a huge jumbo jet smack into the 2nd tower conflicting his reports. What he saw was a missile with wings hit those towers! That "Jumbo" jet was computer created!!!
Also that Dahler guy said it could've been a missile as well before Associated Press released a statement that a plane struck the towers. You can clearly see the media cover-up and co-opting with the military industrial machine to justify wars. Wake up America, we are in serious peril. These people are insane, cold-blooded vicious killer who will stop at nothing to get their New World Order!
Reviewer: thelastpolarbear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2007
Subject: ufo ?
Did anyone notice what appeared to be a possible UFO at the 9.00 am mark of this tape ?
I was sort of looking out for it as I had just been looking at a tape from almost the same angle , except more to the left of this screen . It was on google video and was titled
" what we saw -bob and bri "
They taped 26 minutes of the same thing only from a different building and didn't even notice the UFO until later ! I believe the same UFo is visible at the 9.00 am section of your tape , if you look at the top of the tower on fire , it is to the left and barely visible . I'm certain it's the same as the one on bob and bri's tape . just thought i'd bring that to someones attention.
Reviewer: NAU99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2007
Subject: ABC Good Morning America Coverage - Zero Hour
The coverage begins roughly 19 minutes into the feed (around 8:50 AM EST - or about four minutes after the initial impact). Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer did an extraordinary job relaying information while maintaining a high degree of professionalism.

Roughly 32 minutes into the feed you can see the coverage of the second plane crashing live into Tower 2 with the reaction of the ABC News team in the background.
Reviewer: fotomatt - - March 29, 2007
Subject: First Mention of WTC
The first mention of the WTC attack occurs nearly 20 minutes into the clip.
info Stream Only
on 11/16/2006
SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 10,388
favorite 1
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 5,133
favorite 3
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 3,230
favorite 2
comment 1
( 1 reviews )
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 18,290
favorite 2
comment 2
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 10,901
favorite 3
comment 5
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 1,302
favorite 0
comment 0
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 4,000
favorite 1
comment 0
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 82,967
favorite 7
comment 6
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 2,899
favorite 0
comment 0
September 11 Television Archive
by ABC 7, Washington, D.C.
eye 5,230
favorite 2
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )